But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:10

Your Church and the Hood of a Sports Car

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Reflecting on Jesus’s commendation and rebuke of the loveless church at Ephesus, in Revelation 2:1-7, John Crotts gently admonishes all of us in his little book, Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love.

Churches are the Lord’s lights shining out in the dark world. Jesus is saying it...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:50

The Power of Counting It All Joy

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Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

Joy is a state of mind, not a feeling. Joy is...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 22:45

NUGGETS

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How Not to Help a Sufferer – ” The problem with Job’s comforters isn’t that they’re heretics. Much of what they say is true. The problem is the moralistic worldview that governs their engagement with Job, and compels them to reason backward from suffering to...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:02

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How to Recover from Financial Infidelity – A poll found that 2 in 5 Americans admit to lying about or withholding money information from their partner. Another reports that 15 million people have admitted to hiding financial information from their spouse, and 9 million used to but...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 20:16

Grieve and Worship

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Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20-21)

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Grief can lead to...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:44

Overcoming Depression – WORKBOOK

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The response to the eBook, Overcoming Depression: Help for Christians Who Struggle was so encouraging, I decided to create an expanded version designed to be used as a workbook for counseling as well as personal/small group study.

In 2015, around 16.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:37

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Five Indicators of a Healthy and Transforming Soul Care Ministry – “No church is perfect, and this is a long road. A healthy soul care ministry takes time and energy. It is okay to have a lot of room to grow, but take time to assess if your church is on the path to a biblical and...

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So many of us know all too well the challenging realities of disability, but God desires that we also know the incredible hope that he promises in the midst of disability. Over the course of the day, we’ll explore the beauty of God’s plan within disability and the incredible ways...

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Depression can be debilitating. Chances are very good that you already know this, personally, or know someone who struggles. Serious depression is a crippling state which may leave you unable to function normally and, sometimes, not even caring that it is so. You may feel sad. You may feel angry....

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 23:42

How Long Does Grieving Take?

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How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?(Ps. 13:1-2)

Loss is not always sudden, like it was for Job (Job 1:13-19). Sometimes it’s gradual. Sometimes it comes...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:19

Jesus Has Authority to Forgive Sin

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Jesus is the friend of sinners to all who come to Him in the humility of repentant faith. In other words, when sinners like you and me come to Jesus in the humility of faith we find Him to be a tender, forgiving Savior who receives us as we are—bankrupt, broken, needy sinners. Prone to wander...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 03:23

Come See Me At the Shepherds’ Conference

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If you are attending the Shepherds’ Conference at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA, please come visit me at the Shepherd Press table. I’m in the Campus Bookstore next to the fountain in front of the seminary building (NOT the big white book tent).

There is a good selection of...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 08:05

Disability and the Error of Remaking God

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If our conception of God is that He is only—or predominantly—love, and by that we mean onlydoing what we perceive as being good; i.e. whatever does not involve pain, then irrational suffering tempts us to change our view of God to match our experience.

An example of this is Nancy...

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Friday, 01 March 2019 15:36

NUGGETS

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Do You Have an Epaphras? – I love this call to the priority of prayer, and its connection to true church growth and health.

Real Men Pray – David Murray continues his short videos, as part of the Christian Man Academy. In this episode, he gives three extra suggestions to enhance personal...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:13

Disability and the Temptation to Blame Someone

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For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.  (Rom. 11:36)

In the most basic sense, the word theology refers to how we think about God. In light of that, and because we all think about God in general and specific ways, every person is a theologian. The...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:16

A Heart Check-Up on Credit Card Dependency

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On Sunday afternoons, I’m leading a 4-week discussion on financial freedom. Last Sunday, our group of about twenty “personal freedom fighters” discussed five of the most common causes of unjustifiable debt.

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  1. Wrong priorities
  2. Idolatry
  3. Covetousness
  4. Lack of contentment
  5. Lack of self-control

T...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:13

One Day at a Time

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Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)

Jesus knew his disciples were worried about the immediate, today, as well as about the next day, tomorrow. Therefore, his closing counsel to them was to live...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 20:27

When Is Anger at Death Sinful?

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Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.(James 1:19-20)

Anger is one of the required “stages of grief,” so you are told. And if you have not gone through these...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 19:16

Jesus Was a Gospel Preacher

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Jesus was the only preacher who could announce good news from God, and then say, “Here I am. Look to Me. Hope has arrived.” Every other faithful gospel preacher since has pointed others to Jesus, never to himself.

But what is the gospel?

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  • Gospel means good news.
  • The Bible says the gospel is...

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Last week, I finished reading God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation. Essentially, what the author David Saxton has done is collect and organize what many Puritan pastors and theologians believed and taught in regard to meditating on the Scriptures.

Near...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:03

When Is Anger at Death Righteous?

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Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

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Is it acceptable to be angry at death? The sinless example of Jesus, which we considered two days ago, leaves us with no other option. Anger at death, in itself, is not...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:08

The Indispensable Discipline of Meditation

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You are what you think, believe, and desire. That’s a truism we all need to understand. It’s true, not because we have observed it to be so, but because it is the way God designed us to function. Proverbs 4:23 says it this way: Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 20:08

Jesus Got Angry At Death

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When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.And he said, “Where have you laid him?”They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. (John 11:33-35)

God is not put off by your grief....

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:04

Differentiating Between Two Kinds of Shame

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Shame may follow sinful actions, or it may arise from accepting blame or failure. Whether guilt is real or imagined, shame holds a person hostage with the condemning declaration, “You are bad!” Shame generally takes two forms. “I am bad because of what I have done.” In this...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 17:10

NUGGETS

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I Am the Lover of My Home (for husbands) – Ron Allchin: ” The lover role comes before the leadership role! Husbands are to set the atmosphere for LOVE in their own home.”

Life As a Wife (for wives) – Sherry Allchin: “God always has a plan, and everything He does has a...

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